Cover Me Sundays: Lalah Hathaway Edition

So last week we did a post about Lalah Hathaway's appearance on Questlove Supreme which you can check out here. During a particular segment Lalah and the Quest Crew were discussing cover songs and how some artists are able to make a song their own. Names like Luther were rightfully put out there as artists who can simply make a song so much their own that you don't realize it's a cover.

That notion is really a big part of the impetus behind this series when we began way back in 2010. Now I must take a divergent turn for just a minute here. Hearing that convo on Questlove Supreme could not have come at a better time. When you're out here doing "Tree falling in the woods" type of work it can be frustrating at times when you look up from your bakery and see the masses flocking to Mondo Burger, McDowell's and The Krusty Krab en masse when you've been serving Prime Rib for damn near a decade.

But we don't do this for the popularity contest. It's cool, but the reason we do this is because we love and know about the music. So as long as the record of these posts exist online so that someone at sometime will stumble upon these woods and will read and read and understood that we're not new to this but true to this. Ok, rant over.

So back to the subject at hand. Lalah had to interject that quite frankly her father was a true master of making cover songs his own. Many folks are still just figuring out that "A Song For You" is a Leon Russell composition or that "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know" was written by Al Kooper and first made famous by Blood, Sweat and Tears. I believe we've documented that in these here pages over the years that's why you should cut those zeroes and get...

Lalah went on to further illustrate the point by stating that a majority of the material on her debut album were covers. Most folks know by now that "I'm Coming Back"(Written by Gary Taylor) was a cover after Vesta released it on her debut album.

But did you know that "Heaven Knows"(Written by Derek Bramble)was originally recorded by Jaki Graham in 1984? How about the smooth and sultry "Something"? That was written by (Brenda Russell and David Foster) and included on Brenda's 1983 album? But that's not actually the first release of that great tune that distinction goes to Leslie Smith off his 1982 album Heartache.

Even later on her career we find Lalah closely identified with covers. Lalah's 1999 collaboration with the great Joe Sample The Song Lives On is all about great songs, you know like this series. I wanted to place a special performance of "One Day I'll Fly Away" featuring Vesta with The Crusaders to show how this music and great songs in particular can cause great artists paths to cross multiple times in their career.

I rounded out the songs in today's post with Eric Benet's 2001 version of "Better And Better" that was from his unreleased album that ended up on Lalah's 2004 release Outrun The Sky which marked Lalah's return to solo recording projects after a ten year hiatus after 1994's A Moment. You really should check out the podcast to hear about why there was such a long break in between projects and why and what did Lalah do during the intervening time.

The list here is by no means comprehensive but we just wanted to take some time out to illustrate the origins of these songs.

P.S. There's one more song down at the bottom that may have you puzzled. Well "Good Love" by Anita Baker was written by Gary Taylor who got a young Lalah Hathaway to sing the demo. Now if we could get Lalah to premiere that demo here... I mean we've already gotten the Al B. Sure! K-Ci/JoJo/Al demo for Tevin Campbell. So I'm sayin' :)

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GFM's Inside The Album Podcast - St. Paul

Inside The Album St. Paul

Join GFM's The Love Man, DJ Polished Solid and Jehan from The Music Snobs as we discuss the major label solo debut from St. Paul. This vibrant discussion takes somewhat of a slight detour as we talk about 80's music and contemporary UK music as we connect those ideas back to St. Paul. Some great reference material for the podcast can be found in these fantastic mixes curated by DJ Polished Solid from her No Turn Unstoned show that you can check out below!

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JOE SAMPLE Sampled, Covered, and Original Mix (No Turn Unstoned #251)

(February 1, 1939 – September 12, 2014)

Unfortunately continuing with my "death" shows as a listener coined it, Joe Sample, alongside George Duke and a few others, is by far one of the most prolific musicians, producers, and songwriters that has ever graced this earth! Joe Samples’ mindblowing musical catalog will live on forever, and all the cratediggers and beatmakers will see to this;) Everbody has heard Joe Sample sampled in one song or another.

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This is simply beyond beautiful... the connection between the performers, the composition, the story, the recording it's all there. We're fortunate that it has been captured for posterity. Reason 1 million and 1 that Lalah Hathaway is our Artist of the Month.

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